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What we learned about education from the Labour and Conservative Party conferences

What we learned about education from the Labour and Conservative Party conferences
Conference season has come to an end for another year, with politicians stepping down from their podiums and getting back to the business of running the country. There were bold statements from both Labour and the Conservatives – including rent control and an energy price cap, respectively – but what did we learn about the parties' plans for the fu...
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Six practical classroom techniques to help your students build resilience

Six practical classroom techniques to help your students build resilience
By Natalie Costa  We all know that resilience is important, for our students and ourselves. We know that the way to help young people develop it is to make them feel comfortable with their mistakes, and understand that each setback is a step towards improving. But what should this process look like in practice? Here are a some tried-and-tested...
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Is it urgent or important? A new teachers' guide to the psychology of time management

Is it urgent or important? A new teachers' guide to the psychology of time management
Let's start with the bad news: now that you're a teacher, your to-do list will never be complete. Ever. Part of the deal with having a job that's so important is that you will also have so many demands on your time that working 24/7 wouldn't be enough. It's imperative, then, that you master the art of effective time management early. You can only w...
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Better together: the importance of forming relationships as a new teacher

Better together: the importance of forming relationships as a new teacher
If there's one thing that schools have plenty of, it's people. There aren't many jobs that require you to interact with so many people every day; in addition your pupils, there are parents, members of staff in your department, those in other subject areas and the wider school community. It can be tempting to stay in your classroom and soldier on wh...
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How do you know which educational research to trust? Here are the questions to ask

How do you know which educational research to trust? Here are the questions to ask
I have previously drawn attention to differences in expert opinion over the usefulness of statistical significance testing , particularly in regard to randomised controlled trials (RCTs). Now it's time to look at what can go wrong with RCTs, and the questions you need to ask when judging the trustworthiness of the associated research findings. What...
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